Part three of our series takes a look at courses that to me offer us hope for the future of the planet. We don’t always know how we can make a difference, educating ourselves and learning in this field can help us do more than grow as people but might just arm us with tools to be the change. One of the things that I really like about this platform is that we can connect with people who are interested in these topics and have forums and an organized curriculum allowing you to participate with other students and teachers.
Featured courses: Sustainable Earth & Social Impact
The list is in no specific order and the descriptions below each course name are from Coursera.
Our Earth’s Future, American Museum of Natural History
Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. You will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who study how climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life. Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today, and consider what that means for the future of our planet. At the end of this course, you will be able to understand key scientific principles, identify and address misconceptions, and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.
Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess that we've made. That's the key thing now. never mind how we got to be who we are. -Jane GoodallClick To Tweet
How to Change the World, Wesleyan University
How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, healthcare, gender, education and activism to help us understand better how to initiate positive change.
Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, University of Pennsylvania
This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas and new organizational forms to implement those ideas.
A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Integrated landscape management and large-scale landscape restoration should be in every company’s business strategy because in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal on Land Degradation Neutrality (SDG Number 15.3) scaling up and acceleration of business-driven landscape restoration is urgently needed.
This requires business professionals with a vision, the right knowledge and skills. This MOOC aims to train the next generation of business professionals and developers to acknowledge business’ interdependency with healthy landscapes and understand the value of ecosystem resources.
The courses are often offered at different times, but there is no guarantee. So if you like something try it. The courses included here are starting again in this period.
If you are interested in other course topics, check out part one where we featured self-development courses and part two of our series which features free philosophy courses.
Other articles in series include:
Philosophy & Religion
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